Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has vowed rally Jubilee lawmakers to oppose the rumoured impeachment of Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata
Murkomen in a statement on his Twitter page, stated that he would rally Senators in rejecting an attempt to remove Kang’ata as the Senate Majority Chief Whip should the Jubilee Party decide to initiate the process.
The former Senate Majority leader added that ready to put aside his differences with Kang’ata after he spearheaded his unceremonious removal from the powerful position last year.
“If Jubilee Party Leadership calls for a meeting to remove Majority Whip Hon Kang’ata, we shall attend the meeting and vehemently oppose his ejection. It doesn’t matter what he did to Susan Kihika and I, we shall oppose,” Murkomen vowed.
The Elgeyo Marakwet senator instead wants the party call a meeting to eject the alleged non-party members from Jubilee’s leadership and replace them with party members.
“Instead we shall remove none Party members&replace with Party members,” Murkomen added.
If Jubilee Party Leadership calls for a meeting to remove Majority Whip @HonKangata we shall attend the meeting&vehemently oppose his ejection. Instead we shall remove none Party members&replace with Party members. It doesn’t matter what he did to @susankihika &I,We shall oppose
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) January 5, 2021
Murkomen statement comes amid reports that Jubilee Party leadership is planning the removal of Kang’ata from the senate leadership position.
Kang’ata has been a man under siege after a letter he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta claiming that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was unpopular in the Mount Kenya region was allegedly leaked to the media.
Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu, a Kieleweke legislator took to his social media page to criticize Kang’ata’s decision to conduct a survey on the report and accused the Murang’a Senator of leaking the letter to the media.
He termed the letter as misguided adding that he regrets seeing among key Jubilee leaders whom they trusted are now criticizing the President’s decision.
The legislator stated that Kang’ata’s remarks show how Jubilee Party got it wrong while changing leadership changes in Parliament adding that the mistake will be fixed soon.
He had further alluded to the Jubilee Party making mistakes while changing leadership changes in Parliament.
“Majority Whip Senator Kang’ata can write a letter to our Party Leader and President criticising a decision the President has made and then not only leak it to the press and share it only but also seek media interviews to discuss it,” Ngunjiri argued.
Kang’ata has since apologized claiming that his letter to President Uhuru declaring that the BBI is unpopular in the Central Kenya region was leaked by a third party.
Senator Kang’ata, however, maintains that the issues in the letter are substantive, adding that he hopes they will be remedied.
“Kindly though the letter dated 30th December is authentic, I didn’t give it to the media. Someone else who had been copied did. I apologise for that. With the benefit of hindsight. I should have copied no one else. Trust substantive issues raised in the letter will be remedied,” said the Senate Majority Whip on Monday.